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How To Stay Looking Good On A Long Haul Flight


As we approach high summer, thoughts turn to exotic holidays and all the challenges that come with flying long haul. After all, spending hours in the sky with cabin air and limited access to hot water is bound to challenge even the most low-maintenance beauty regime. The key, as we all know, is to drink plenty of water. But beyond good ol’ H2O, there’s a whole arsenal of beauty products that can help you look your best when you step off the plane.

LUSH 9-5 Cleansing Lotion

For a good, thorough cleanser that doesn’t need water, it’s hard to beat the 9 To 5 Cleansing Lotion by LUSH. Made from almond oil and dove orchid cleansing milk, this smells lovely and lifts away all dirt and make-up from your face. Simply rub in circular motions over the skin, then wipe away with a cotton pad or a warm flannel. What’s more, the blend of floral essential oils leaves your skin brightened, cleansed, and soothed.

Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum 30caps

Exclusive to travel shoppers, this Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (30caps) is a neat solution to an age-old question: Exactly how much serum is too much serum? Each of these golden capsules contains just the right amount needed for your cleansed face and neck. To open the capsules, simply twist the tab around twice and squeeze onto fingertips.

Now available at World Duty Free stores

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Travel Exclusive Kit

Even though you won’t be doing a 14-step Korean beauty routine in the plane bathroom, that doesn’t mean to say that the basic tenets of beauty (cleanse, moisturise, use SPF) should be neglected. In fact, dermatologists say it is an absolute must to wear sunscreen when you fly because of the UV radiation caused by elevation. The new Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Travel Exclusive Kit includes: a 30ml Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam, a 30ml WR24 Balancing Softener Enriched, a 30ml WR24 Day Cream SPF15, and an exclusive WR24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask free gift. The softening lotion and day cream will form the basis of your in-flight regime, so apply liberally before take-off. However, the foaming cleanser is best left to those who turn left when boarding (with their access to roomy business class sinks and all).

Now available at World Duty Free stores

Sudocrem skin care cream

Sudocrem – yes, the grey tub of nappy cream – has been given a convenient make-over in the form of these 30g handbag-sized tubes. It’s not sexy, but we guarantee you won’t regret packing it. Use it as a face mask (apply a thin layer on the face last thing at night), moisturiser, spot cream, or to treat any of those inexplicable rashes that always pop up on holiday.

Now available in selected airport shops


Colgate® ProClinical® Pocket-Pro®

For all their benefits, electric toothbrushes have always proven tricky to take on trips. There’s the issue of bringing the little charging platform, remembering the right adaptor – not to mention trying to keep the brush head clean when traditional toothbrush cases just won’t fit. Which is why this Colgate model is a game changer. A small but powerful electric toothbrush, it comes with its own travel case and a USB port to charge it (just plug it into your in-seat USB port).

Now available in selected airport shops

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo – which is available in two formulas, for dark hair tones and for light hair tones – is going to be your new best friend. This award-winning product contains ultra-fine rice starch, which absorbs any oil in the hair and removes odour. It was recently voted the best option out of 50 dry shampoos by and we can see why. The result is fresh, bouncy hair that looks like you’ve just stepped out of the shower. And if you happen to be going anywhere sunny, you’ll be pleased to know that it also protects against UV damage to your hair.

Now available in duty free

Tess Harold
written by: Tess Harold
Born in Hong Kong, Tess currently lives in London where she is Editor at PretAirporter. Over the course of her career, she has worked for the likes of Stylist, The Telegraph, Prestige Hong Kong, Asia Spa and Harper’s Bazaar UK.